Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation


Comparative Literature

First Advisor

Paul Allen Miller


This dissertation focuses on the Hermeneutic approach to reading and translating Plato since the 1990s, in the larger context of Platonic reception generally. The dissertation is based on a philological analysis of the translations, commentaries and discussions of the Platonic works in contemporary China, and examines the influence of Leo Strauss on these Chinese interpretations of Plato. The Hermeneutic approach to Plato adopted by contemporary Chinese Platonists, with its genealogical connection to the Phenomenological School in the Great Culture Discussion of the mid 1980s, is identified as an effort to address the problems of modernity in China.